This was posted 6 months 5 days ago, and might be an out-dated deal.

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Kingston A2000 M.2 NVMe SSD 1TB $129.95 Delivered @ Flashtrend


First post :)

Not all time low, but lowest at the moment. Shipping for me in VIC is only $3.95.

250GB and 500GB are also on special. 250GB is $49.95. 500GB is $75.95.

Edit: Use code FREE1PO for free shipping (thanks to user Danny N).

Edit 2: the next day I received this disappointing email:
Thanks for shopping with us. Your order of SA2000M81000G (Kingston A2000 1TB SSD) is an End Of Life products and not available from distributors. The stock level of this product showed incorrectly due to temporary system glitch. We would like to offer a substitute model for your order as SNVS/1000G (Kingston NV1 NVMe 1TB) . We are currently selling it at a higher price, please see link below for your reference: Please let us know if you want choose SNVS/1000G to replace your order. Alternatively we will cancel your original order and process refund within two days. My apology for any inconvenience caused and please let us know your option soon.

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  • +7

    Use code FREE1PO for free shipping

    • +14

      the a2000 does have dram cache, thankfully. it's not listed on the kingston website, but several reviews note it. this tweaktown review, for example, says:

      Kingston's A2000 series has a whole lot to offer at what is at this time the lowest cost NVMe SSD with TLC flash and DRAM we can find.

      The A2000 series pairs SMI's potent SM2263ENG 4-channel controller with Micron's latest 96-layer NAND and Kingston's' own DDR4, all on a single-sided M.2 x 2280 PCB.

      the dram cache is what really makes this drive so desirable compared to the crucial p2, wd sn550, and other similarly-priced competition.

      • +1

        No I'm pretty sure it's got DRAM.

        • No you're wrong it definitely has DRAM

          • @b2dz: I’m totally lost, dram yes or no?!

            • @pingMarky: Thanks for checking as the above is definitely not clear, yes it has DRAM.

  • The go to for VFM meets quality and performance.

  • +4

    Meh, I'm done with kingston after the whole post launch component swapping/downgrading scandal

    • +3

      Im done with kingston and adata for doing so.

    • +2

      You forgot Intel, HP and XPG. I don't recall any of the A2000's being affected by this though.

      • +2
      • Upon further research, I too think the A2000's are not affected.

        • -6

          Yeah, but if Toyota started selling cars with engines that break down after a year on purpose, would you still be interested in buy a Toyota in the future?

          • -1

            @Blue Cat: The post launch 'cheaper' components in this case are something that will barely effect real world performance or longevity, so that's a pretty asinine comparison.

            They are not selling SSDs designed to fail after a year in the first place considering they are covered by a 5 year warranty looking at the packaging of the A2000 linked in this post.

  • Not the fastest drive out there but aside from benchmarks, I highly doubt you'll find a difference in every-day usage.

  • For anyone curious, this has an up to 600 TBW estimated lifetime (plenty) while the Samsung 970 PRO has an up to 1,200 TBW lifetime.

    Kinda slow read speed for large files but for small files it is surprisingly very fast, keeping up with quality Samsung drives.

    • +6

      Yes, but the 970 Pro is also more than 2x the price

    • +2

      For everyday usage and gaming this drive is excellent, anything more and you're getting very diminished returns.

    • looking for storage SSD, doesnt have to be nvme at all, just sata will do fine, any recommendations?

      • +1

        Honestly, drives don't seem to get much cheaper at the moment. Even if you do go with SATA. And because the flash chips the part with the shortage, you don't tend to get better value on bigger sizes. ie. 2TB is usually twice the price of 1TB.

        tl;dr if you want storage (ie not super high speed) and sata, just grab the cheapest drive from a reputable brand you can find.

    how do is it compare vs this…
    besides paper specs
    2200/2100 vs 2100/1700

    is this a decent nvme card?
    been out of the game so long…

    just one an ssd/nvme 1tb that's reliable/relatively inexpensive…

    • +1

      That series does not include DRAM. If you want inexpensive NVME then go for WD Blue or Kingston NV1 or similar.

      • so go for this A2000 deal?
        seems like it's the cheapest dram based nvme 1tb stick…

        • +2

          This or the SN550 are usually the way to go for cheap NVME drives. This is on sale, the SN550 isn't, go for this.

    • +1

      No DRAM, which sticks it in the budget pile. How different they are is highly debated, Linus tech tips did a review slamming dramless drives and ever since they've had a shadow over them but it's not as bad as it looks. However the A2000 drive is an exceptional drive for random read/writes which I suspect that drive you linked isn't.

      For $10 more, get a drive with DRAM.

      edit: Wow, I took way too long writing this :P

      • appreciate it…

        how are nvme's for reliability?

        • +1

          Amazing. It's hard to kill a drive unless you're using it for chia mining (which no one should do).

          Basically like all drives, do a backup of important data because you you might get extremely unlucky and get a dud or your house is struck by lightning, but 600TB writes should take you at least a couple of decades. Mean time between failure is 170 years, so there's a chance the drive will outlive you.

      • Been out of game for awhile. So ssds start with cheap sata only. Then nvme? Then nvme with dram is a step above nvme? And price to value dram option a better one or are you paying a 1st gen premium of latest tech?

        • Yeah, there’s sata as in the one that needs a power and sata cable like all 2.5” drives. Then there’s sata m.2, slow and fits in an m.2 slot. Then there’s nvme which is a new format past sata that also goes in an m.2 slot. Any drive with dram is better, all of the above can come with or without. It’s basically a super fast bit of storage to help map locations on the drive instead of using slow parts of the drive itself to do it.

          The main thing is, basically all the above tech costs the same these days so nvme with dram isn’t much more expensive than a sata drive without. But they sell them anyway for whatever reason

  • +2

    Never seen this store. Reliable?

    • oh yes. got mine in march 2020. has been installed in 5 different laptops. never skipped a beat

      • The same drive? Any particular reason for this?

        • +1

          I was changing laptops a few times in the past 12 months

          couple of times I was returning laptops I bought because they had issues I didn't want to live with, in other cases they were more or less planned upgrades

          I upgrade often so that I stay on hardware that is relatively up to date

          as a rule, I purchase used or refurbished laptops, service and repair them, use for a while and sell on, sometimes with little profit

          this way I don't spend any $$$ upgrading, tech never loses too much value, and I get to know a number of different laptop models, a tribute to my past of being a laptop technician

  • Been waiting for a good deal, thanks OP.

    Btw, I bought it for more ssd storage on my laptop, which already has an ssd boot drive. Does anyone know the fastest and safest way to clone an existing ssd (boot drive) to another ssd (this) - preferably without having to buy an enclosure? Thank you :D

    • +2

      This NVMe should have a license for some cloning software. Cannot remember which one as I didnt use it.

      • +1

        Its Acronis True Image HD (OEM version).

        I think it has even less functionality than the free trial from the Acronis website…

      • Thank you, glad to know it comes together. Do I need an enclosure?

        • 3 things to consider here

          1. your laptop might have a second NVMe slot, then you don't need to fumble with enclosure, just pop it in, clone, then make the new one boot drive (or just switch them around after cloning. done
          2. if your laptop doesn't have a second NVMe slot inside, any external USB drive will help. there are tools that will write an image of your boot drive onto an external drive, and allow you to boot from external drive too, so you could create an image, swap the drive, boot from external, write image to the new drive and done. This can be a lengthy process depending on the speed of your external USB drive and USB port used
          3. get an enclosure. they are dirt cheap, and sure will come handy later on in life.
    • +1


      Not new user friendly, but free and can make identical copies, provided your new drive is same size or bigger.

      • Great, thank you. Do I need an enclosure? Thank you :)

        • Depends.
          You can save a copy of a backup on your second drive in the laptop, then remove old boot SSD and replace with this new one, then restore the backup from your second drive. This way you don't need the enclosure.

          Just need to ensure you have enough space on second drive to fit in a backup.

          • @Blue Cat: Looks like I’m going with this method. Thank you so much for the help :D

            • +1

              @Justahappykid: Just, PLEASE, carefully read all message prompts when using CloneZilla! They are clearly explained and make sense if you pay attention to them. Though, one wrong move and you could be wiping out a drive in seconds.

              Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any loss of data, computers getting fried and setting your house on fire.

        • +2

          or use rescuezilla, which is clonezilla but with GUI

          • +1

            @Hornpub: Thanks, for some reason, I never heard of Rescuezilla!
            Now I can browse OzBargain while making backups!

  • These recently went up in price at some major retailers (Amazon), so I doubt prices are going to get much better than this for a while.

    • yep this was $134 before prime day, was expecting the price to go down on amazon on prime day but instead it went up and since then its been going up and up and up to $163 so this seems like a great deal.

      • Exactly. I was thinking the same thing. So I jumped on this.

  • what's the best way to upgrade storage on a 15" laptop? These M2 sticks or 2.5" HD?

    • +1

      Depends on what laptop you have. Some older laptops might have 2.5" slot, some might have mSATA, some with M2 and some with M.2 NVME.

      • how do i know if my laptop can take this? it's an older 2012 HP model.

        • unlikely as m.2 didn't exist back then.

        • Yep wondering the same, I've got a Ryzen 5 laptop from this year.
          Not sure where it says it in specs

  • sold out

    Sorry, we don't have enough 'SSD Nvme Kingston 1TB A2000 M.2 2280 PCI Nvme Internal SSD SA2000M8/1000G up to 2000MB/s (SA2000M81000G)' in stock to fulfill your order: we have 0 available. Please change the quantity on order in your shopping cart and click update. Then try to checkout again.

  • +5

    They just got in touch to tell me they miscounted stock and would like to send me a Kingston NV1 instead. Which is a lower model with no DRAM and lower endurance. Nope!

    • +1

      Same here.
      I feel like everyone just received a BCC email at the same time. Very disappointing.

  • +4

    Offering to swap it out of an inferior product feels really gross, no thanks

    Thanks for shopping with us.

    Your order of SA2000M81000G (Kingston A2000 1TB SSD) is an End Of Life products and not available from distributors. The stock level of this product showed incorrectly due to temporary system glitch.

    We would like to offer a substitute model for your order as SNVS/1000G (Kingston NV1 NVMe 1TB) . We are currently selling it at a higher price, please see link below for your reference:

    Please let us know if you want choose SNVS/1000G to replace your order. Alternatively we will cancel your original order and process refund within two days.

    My apology for any inconvenience caused and please let us know your option soon.

    Kind regards

    • Same here

      • same,

        big meh

  • Sadge, thought this was the one for my laptop. Since this is an “end of life” product, does anyone know any good alternatives? WD Blue?

    • Sadly it looks to be one of the last good budget DRAM TLC drives. :(

  • What’s the dram thing about? Why isn’t this just as good? Crucial CT1000P2SSD8 P2 1000GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 Internal SSD, 1 TB

    • +3

      SSDs use a "map" to know where all the data on them is and isn't stored. It has to look at this map to do anything. A drive with DRAM will have a dedicated DRAM chip that is literally RAM that is just big enough to hold this "map". RAM is very fast, many times faster than the NAND that SSDs are storing the data on. If a drive does not have DRAM, it might keep the "map" on the NAND, which means that now the NAND is doing double duty whenever you use it, so it is slowed down both because it is slower than RAM and because it has to read itself just to get the "map", making the NAND wear out faster!

      Thankfully, since a few years ago, NVME drives have been able to use the system RAM to hold their "map", so the nightmare dramless scenario I just gave is not going to happen if you have a new enough dramless drive. However, using system RAM is not as fast as using RAM on the SSD itself, especially if you are using a pretty cheap system (which is likely if you are buying the cheapest, dramless drive)

      That said, a modern dramless drive can benchmark very similarly to a Kingston A2000, but we still use the presence of the DRAM as something worth buying it over the similarly priced DRAMless competition

      • Thanks for the detailed explanation. The SN550 seems to have SRAM which seems to be similar to DRAM, since DRAM is good for ssds as boot drive, would you say SRAM is the same(particularly for boot drives and games)? TIA :)

        • WD does say that the SN550 uses the SRAM, though it is less SRAM than if it had DRAM, and they ALSO say it uses HMB (The host's DRAM), but it is unclear exactly how they use the SRAM/HMB combo. All SSD manufacturers use entirely proprietary "secret sauce" when it comes to how they do the stuff between the data entering the drive and that data ultimately coming to it's resting place in the NAND flash, so we can only speculate on the ways various DRAMless drives operate

          That said, the SN550 seems to have some of the best secret sauce in the DRAMless price range, and reviewers reckon it makes a decent boot drive :)

          • @meeowth: Really like the secret sauce concept. Certainly makes it easier for me to understand. Appreciate the help and time for the explanation :D

  • Has anyone had this successfully ship?

  • since they offered a inferior product hence i wanted the order to be cancelled, email them few times and tried to call to get my fund back but no one replies.

    horrible experience with them

  • how annoying was this. bought early but still ended up with an oversold order.

  • Don't think anyone got this shipped and then they tried the upsell.

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